Chris Coen's UK production and distribution company Halcyon Pictures has optioned Carrie Adams' novel The Godmother.

Oscar winner Ron Bass (My Best Friend's Wedding) will adapt the script.

The London-set comedy is about a godmother of four without children of her own who tries to help her friends with family problems and discovers a new side of herself.

Halcyon's head of development Camille Gatin brought in the book and Ron Bass.

'Halcyon is building an exciting slate of high-quality projects includingThe Godmother. We plan to be in production on our first film since Funny Games (Haneke's recent English-language remake) by the end of the year,' Halcyon CEO Coen said.

Halcyon has also taken UK rights to FG Cottam's psychological thriller The House Of Lost Souls, about a journalist who has to return to a troubled house, which was a former haunt of Aleistair Crowley. Dario Poloni is adapting the screenplay.